Contagion Cabaret competition

contagion cabaret woman in red dress with gas mask and balloon

Calling all GCSE and A-Level state school pupils! Want to win a share of £100 in Amazon vouchers? Want to have your work published on the Oxford University English Faculty website? Then read on…

In June 2020, following the first nation-wide lockdown, The Chipping Norton Theatre and the University of Oxford collaborated to produce a film on the theme of contagion, with music, drama, and short talks:

We would like you to watch the film and consider whether it has influenced the way in which you think about the pandemic and the current third lockdown. We’ve already run a competition in which we had excellent artistic responses, which you can see here: Further resources were produced for engagement with schools, which you can find here:

We are now looking for written responses of all kinds: short stories, one-act plays, monologues, poems, song lyrics, any format that allows you to express yourself in writing! Please accompany your entry with a few sentences outlining how your submission has been influenced by the Contagion Cabaret.

The deadline for submitting a piece of original work is 5pm on Monday 19th April 2021. There will be a first (£50), second (£30), and third (£20) place, along with seven runners-up. Please ensure your entry includes your name, school, year group, and email address. Please submit your work by email to

Privacy notice:

By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to allow us to store the data you have provided (your name, school, year group, and email address) on our servers for the time required to process and judge the competition. We are committed to protecting your privacy. The information that you have supplied will only be used by us for the purpose that the submission was designed. We will not share your details with any other company or institution without your consent. For more information about how we use and store information, please see the University's GDPR policy,

View the competition privacy policy.